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21 Mar, 2007 03:01

Khodorkovsky could face new trial in Moscow

Khodorkovsky could face new trial in Moscow

Former head of Yukos oil company Mikhail Khodorkovsky could be sent to Moscow from Chita in Siberia to face a new embezzlement trial. Separately Moscow court says Khodorkovsky's three month imprisonment in Chita is illegal.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his ex-business partner Platon Lebedev were there while being questioned in connection with charges of embezzlement of state-owned stock, appropriating oil and money-laundering.

The court has ruled that because the alleged offences took place in Moscow, the trial should be held there too.

Lawyers for the former heas of Yukos have claimed a small victory and say their cause is indisputable.

Prosecutors will appeal the decision in a higher court.